“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharist sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.’” (CCC 1323)
The function of the Extraordinary Minster is to distribute the Holy Communion, either within Mass or by taking it to a sick person, when an ordain minster is absent or impeded.
Those who have willing instituted themselves to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion here at Holy Family Church not only have responded to their Baptismal call to serve the people of God, but a have committed themselves to Christ by serving Him and His people. Our Extraordinary Ministers offer the Eucharist, which symbolizes the Body of Christ, recognized by many and ultimately they too act as the Body of Christ by fully participating in the life of the Parish and the wider community.
Because the size of our congregation the priest calls upon the assistance of Extraordinary Minister to assist with the distribution of Communion. The priest also counts on them to serve the Body and Blood of Christ to the sick and home-bound.
The requirement to become an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Communion is to be a Baptized and Confirmed Catholic, 18 years of age or older. There is training required before being appointed, and monthly meetings and retreats that must be attended. Those trained and commissioned in this ministry are placed on rotation schedule to serve at our Masses. It is truly a privilege in the assisting in the distribution of the Holy Eucharist!
For more information on how to become an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Communion, to serve the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass and to our sick and home-bound, please contact the Parish Office HERE.
If you are sick and home-bound and would like to be visited by an Extraordinary Minister to receive Holy Communion, please contact the Parish Office HERE.